Touch with his mother & sister

In many developing countries like Cambodia, each member of the family—mother, father, children—must work to support each other financially. When Touch Tola, a tractor driver who moves soil, broke his leg in an on-the-job accident, it critically affected his family’s livelihood! A traffic accident or a farming accident resulting in a broken limb coupled with the distance a family must travel for treatment—or the ability to pay for treatment—may prevent the care vital to avoid permanent disability.



Any disability can drag a family further into poverty.
Thanks to a SIGN Surgery at the program in Kandal, Touch can walk again, pursue his dream of one day becoming a mechanic, and earn a better living to support his family.

Surviving an accident like this without a resulting disability isn’t an option available to every citizen in a developing country. At SIGN, we’re working to expand our orthopaedic reach and break the cycle of poverty for all patients.

Sustainable Programs
SIGN tackles this issue on two fronts—we provide the surgical training AND the implants to SIGN Programs. This approach enables surgeons in developing countries to provide immediate surgical care for their patients each and every day thereby giving them the tools to save patients from becoming disabled.

A SIGN Surgeon’s healing gift carries with it two significant responsibilities. First, they must perform quality surgeries. Second, the SIGN Surgeon plays an active role in sustaining SIGN’s growth by training other surgeons in both their hospital and country to use SIGN Technique. Then, as opportunities to develop new SIGN Programs arise in each country, surgical teams are prepared to create healing hope in more communities.

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